High School Sports

Vikings usher in new coach, new goals

LEAVITTSBURG - According to new Vikings volleyball coach Heather Sankey, her senior class has faced a lot of adversity over their careers. Sankey is the third head coach in the senior class's four years with the program, but if that wasn't enough, now they have to deal with injuries."Amanda ...

Crum is key for GV

ORWELL - Nobody will ever say Grand Valley's Anthony Crum didn't work for - or earn - anything that goes his way. Working hard is all he knows, and he's thankful for that."I grew up on a farm, my grandparents' farm," Crum said. "It taught me to work hard for everything. It's all strong, ...

Winning mindset drives Orahood

ANDOVER - Pymatuning Valley senior Isaac Orahood developed a healthy dislike for losing as a youngster. Instead of turning him against the game he's grown to love, it's done the opposite."I don't like to lose at all," the son of Scott and Sonia Orahood said. "That's just the love for the game ...

Mathews QB Canter set for more responsibility

VIENNA - When Dillon Canter took over as quarterback at Mathews prior to last season, his job was a simple one. He was to hand the ball off and not turn it over. Heading into his junior season, his second as the starter under center, that role is about to be upgraded."It's a little ...

Chalker’s Romigh gets to carry ball as senior

SOUTHINGTON - Christian Romigh grew up playing on the offensive line, but dreaming of carrying the football for the Chalker football team. He has spent his entire high school career ping-ponging between his former life and his dream.Romigh will spend his last season as a Wildcat as a member of ...

For a good cause

WARREN - The Warren Sports Hall of Fame hosted its annual Pigskin Preview on Sunday night, featuring Trumbull County high school football coaches speaking about their teams and the upcoming season. The event, held at DiLucia's in Warren, included dinner and a guest speaker.Charles "Chico" ...

McDonald senior makes QB move

McDONALD - Dylan Portolese is used to down blocks and making tough catches over the middle.The McDonald senior was a tight end the last two years, and a pretty good one at that. Blue Devils coach Dan Williams praised his blocking and receiving skills.Those skills are about to be tested in a ...

Ridge’s Cox runs defense at safety

MINERAL RIDGE - Mineral Ridge coach Jeff Whittaker doesn't have any problem with the way Justin Cox leads. He also doesn't have an issue with his political preference, whatever that may be.The senior is one of the players Whittaker and the Rams are relying on this year as they attempt to make a ...

It’s been a while

CORTLAND - It has been a rather lengthy amount of time since the Lakeview boys soccer team last got the better of Canfield. The drought ended with the Bulldogs' 1-0 victory over the visiting Cardinals on Saturday afternoon."Just starting the season, it's nice to get a win, especially knowing ...

Mitchell ahead of pack as Blue Devils’ leader

Mike Richards scans the grouping running toward him.He sees Malina Mitchell, arguably the best female cross country runner in this area, leading a spread-out pack winding through the quiet, quaint streets of the village of McDonald.As the distance-running girls approach Woodland Park and have ...

Howland boys soccer paced by Schwartz

HOWLAND - Tigers boys soccer coach Brian Stiles has high expectations for his squad in 2016, and for good reason. Howland returns 15 lettermen, including star goal-scorer David Schwartz.Schwartz, a senior two-year letterman, led the team with 27 goals last year, en route to winning the ...

McDonald golfers work on 18-hole performance

MCDONALD - The 2016 Blue Devils golf team is capable of making a deep tournament run this year, if they can navigate 18 holes, as opposed to nine. McDonald returns five lettermen from last year's 18-2 squad, which was a perfect 10-0 in ITCL play."(Last year) we got knocked out in the first ...

Mikovich quarterbacks secondary for Fitch

AUSTINTOWN - JC Mikovich's helmet is securly fastened to his head.His uniform fits his 5-foot-6, 135-pound frame, but the opposition seems like it'll have a free pass against this safety.That's until he leaps and intercepts a pass. He had four last season.The Austintown Fitch senior leads the ...

Boardman’s Koontz can make difference

BOARDMAN - Travis Koontz looks like a different person; a more dedicated player in the eyes of Boardman coach Joe Ignazio.The 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end hit the weight room in the offseason and some college teams took notice: Iowa State, Maryland, Ohio University, Akron, Youngstown State and ...

Friday night futbol

HUBBARD - The Eagles beat the LaBrae Vikings - and Mother Nature - in a 3-1 opening-night girls soccer victory Friday. The season-opening game started an hour late, and then was called at halftime, due to multiple lightning delays."I feel bad for (LaBrae). I don't like to take a win in a ...

Quick start carries Lordstown to win

LEAVITTSBURG - Opening the season on a good note is always important. Lordstown took that to heart in finding the net less than three minutes into the 2016 campaign in a 3-0 victory over LaBrae on Friday."I think our guys came out to play," Lordstown coach Tim Malone said. "We were ready to ...

Tiny Algahmee plays, practices hard for Irish

YOUNGSTOWN - Ray Anderson and his family are still reeling from the effects.The beginning of this year he had to figure out where to live, a house fire engulfed his home."We had to move the next day," the Cardinal Mooney senior tailback said. "They had a big prayer for me at school the next ...

Mooney family comes through for Anderson

YOUNGSTOWN - Ray Anderson and his family are still reeling from the effects.The beginning of this year he had to figure out where to live, a house fire engulfed his home."We had to move the next day," the Cardinal Mooney senior tailback said. "They had a big prayer for me at school the next ...

Playoffs or bust for Garfield

GARRETTSVILLE - Garfield senior quarterback Dalton Fall may soon find himself broke.That's because the quarterback is going to take care of his guys upfront, who are the same ones who protect him every Friday night."Before the season starts, I promised them (the offensive linemen) to take them ...

Brown can do a lot for Windham

WINDHAM - There are few people who believe in Windham senior running back Jamario Brown like Bombers coach Anthony Maiorca. And few people are as tied to Brown believing in himself as the people around him."They've meant a lot to me," Brown said. "I've had some coaches who have never believed ...